Barbara Henry, right, teaches a new acolyte how to walk with a candle, holding it with hands apart to keep it upright. The candle holder will lean over easily if the hands are together. Click the photo to see it larger.
Acolytes are youth and adults who assist in the celebration of the liturgies of the Church. Acolytes carry the cross and/or torches in processions, assist with setting the Eucharistic table and assist the celebrant at weddings, funerals, and other liturgies.
This ministry requires that the candidate be a baptized communicant in good standing. Younger acolytes usually serve as torch (candle), incense and banner bearers. Older acolytes serve as crucifers, thurifers and servers. No previous knowledge is required. Anyone interested in being trained as an Acolyte should call the church office at 302 656-6628.